Endometriosis is described as the abnormal growth of endometrial tissue outside the endometrium, cells that are found in the uterine lining. It impacts the quality of life of an individual by causing chronic pain in the pelvic region, painful periods, abnormal uterine bleeding, excessively heavy menstruation, and infertility. There are no known causes of endometriosis or cure according to Western Medicine. Some researches have suggested there may be an autoimmune component or excess estrogen. A laparoscopy is usually performed if endometriosis is suspected. Treatments usually involve surgery or hormones, and very often, the tissues grow back.
Fortunately, endometriosis responds very well to acupuncture and Chinese herbs. A recent article published in the New England Journal of Medicine cites acupuncture as effective for the treatment of pain related to endometriosis. The publication notes that a randomized, sham-controlled trial of women suffering from endometriosis pain demonstrated that acupuncture was an effective treatment modality.
Treating Endometriosis with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
- alleviates pain by increasing circulation in the pelvic region.
- enhances the immune and endocrine systems by stimulating the autonomic nervous system therefore helping to eliminate stray endometrial cells.
- relieves stress and corrects disruptions in the flow of the body’s energy and restoring optimal health.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Customized herbal formulas work in conjunction with acupuncture treatments to help reduce pain and control the endometriosis. Many of the herbs prescribed have anti-inflammatory properties as well as helping to increase blood circulation thereby reducing the symptoms.
Diet and Lifestyle
For endometriosis, we typically recommend eating foods that are considered "warm" in property and temperature. We believe that cold foods such as ice cream and cold drinks creates more stagnation in the body thereby exacerbating the symptoms of endometriosis. A dairy free and organic diet is also recommended to reduce the amount of exposure to exogenous estrogens and inflammatory response which contribute to endometrial growth. However, depending on the individual, these guidelines may vary.